Love: Elfchen!

Love,
ricochets off
your stony heart
to leave you wanting
more.
Next, for #augunfiltered, we had to write an Elfchen on ‘Ricochet’. ricochet – (of a bullet or other projectile) rebound off a surface. Ex: a bullet ricocheted off a nearby wall”

Elfchen is a type of poem of eleven words in a specific format of words per line:

Row 1: one word
Row 2: two words
Row 3: three words
Row 4: four words and
Row 5: one word.

Elf is the German word for eleven. Adding –chen to a noun in German gives it a sense of being wee or dear. The word Elfchen (always capitalized, as are all German nouns) translated into English is roughly elevenie. Sometimes that can happen. Initially, the feelings of love don’t affect someone. But later they pine for the same emotions again. Because they feel lonely or unloved. But it’s too late by then.

I’m traveling, and have scheduled a few posts so I do not miss out!

Follow Friday!

Hey! If you start to follow me today, I’ll definitely follow you back.

This is a great way to make new friends and discover blogs that are unique from my existing sphere.

Here’s to being bloggers together. 🙂
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Phoenix

A spark trickles
a fire ignites
crawls through my soul
it flares the rage
it burns me whole
I twist, I toil I curl
I blaze before I fall
it swallows me
all that remains
of my spoils
nails and bare bones.


 

Brown Love!

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Honey how I wish

I felt for you

Like I feel for chocolate!

What I feel about chocolate is ineffable- I can never quite express in words. February being the month of love, I’ll follow a pattern of appreciation of all the things we love and adore. This is a funny, satirical one, I would think!

Not Your Average Book Haul! (feat. Stationery)

I went to the local book fair a few days ago, which has been a bi-annual tradition of mine for the last few years. This one was the International version, which meant they featured books of different authors from a lot of different countries, which I would appreciate if I knew any other language. Jokes apart, I saw some coffee-table books and photographic ones that were different and that I loved! This post will be my Book Haul and some stationery bits that I could not refrain from buying.

Another reason why this Haul is extra special is that it includes books that my very thoughtful friend gifted to me, mere days after the Fair. I was so excited because she got me two of the very books that I mentioned in my 2018 Book Bucket List.

Another habit of my mine is to go completely gaga purchasing books. And, don’t even get me started on stationery – Me look-ey, me buy-ey! And, that has resulted in an overflowing bookcase and a not so full bank account. However, this time I was rational about each and every decision, like looking up Goodreads ratings for each book.; and gauging the practical use of each stationery item that I bought. I’ll start with the stationery:

  • Owl Hard-Bound Notebook in A5
    Okay, yes. I bought another diary, in another print, made of handmade paper that I will save for a rainy day. But, I’m also planning to make doodles, for which this would be perfect, handy and easy-to-carry.

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Update to my About Page!

I started this blog when I was an engineering student, and that is what it says on my About page. It has been a year since I became an engineer, but I never got around to updating that on the blog. After the graduation, it was all so surreal – I didn’t really feel that I had completed four years of my degree. And consequently, days passed, I started my job and the blog suffered a bit.

I had always thought that when I update my About page, it would be with a lot of pomp and fanfare. That it would be a big deal that I’m finally an engineer. But now, I don’t feel so special. It feels normal because the stress of a job, and building a good life are bigger responsibilities that take over your mind.

I’m rambling, and yet I am thankful for the fact that I have a steady job, and that I can still explore my options because I have my whole life ahead of me. I am a different person than I was, two and a half years ago when I started this blog, Vintage Sapience. It has been a beautiful journey so far, and I cannot wait for life to get more exciting, and filled with more milestones so I could update my About page again and again, every time with a happier heart!

Here is a link to my About page. Please leave comments and suggestions, if any. And following is the Update I have published:

Update: I am an engineer now! I successfully passed my exams (not that my family expected any different). I consciously try to be funny now, although I’ve been known to fail miserably at it. But I can laugh at myself which makes that easier 😉 Being an over thinker is never good, especially when that leads to stress-eating. I am in an extended state of losing weight, loving food and living life. I am still figuring out people, and societal norms. Although, I try to pretend that I am normal, my brain has thirteen tabs open. Eleven, on a good day. In a world that trends on thinking out of the box, I will always be a little bit old-fashioned, in a good way. Which is what inspired the blog name. I’m still writing for the soul, and expecting just a little bit of love in this callous world. Constantly trying to keep it short, and concise because exceeding the word limit is my habit!

Interesting Fact: I used the words “about page” 5 times in this post!

GIF Credits: Shaun, Robotics Engineer

Book Review: The Alchemist, by Paulo Coehlo

As the eighth book in my reading order, The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo made for an interesting three days. While I primarily read it on my train ride to work, it was incredibly light to carry and a breezy read. The story was simple to follow, and it didn’t have many characters or storylines to confuse the reader. Which is funny because the protagonist in the book says the exact same thing, that if he ever wrote a book, he would a few characters so the book wouldn’t be hard to read.

The prevailing expression related to this book is that it is a modern fable. And I didn’t know what that meant. What could an older person fable consist of? What would it talk about that they don’t already know? How would it be any different from the millions of self-help books that they have tried to read? ‘Modern Fable’ can be constituted as the general description for the book because now I agree with it.

It is the story of a young Spanish boy, Santiago who sees a recurring dream of a treasure under the Egyptian pyramids. So he sets forth from his life of shepherding to try and obtain that treasure. He meets an Old King on the way who gives Santiago two magic beans for his path ahead. Santiago also meets the love of his life on the way to the pyramids and learns alchemy. He takes up small, diverse jobs to earn enough money to reach Egypt and then the pyramids. Meeting all sorts of people on his journey, learning from their experiences and developing his own deep thoughts and conclusions.

An Alchemist would be someone who creates an object through a seemingly magical process. The most common example would be to create gold from any metal you hold and that’s what draws a lot of people to the art of alchemy. While what we learn through the book is that the story of Santiago is just the backbone of the flesh of human existence, and a metaphor for explaining our purpose in life.

The book is filled with thought-provoking questions, little reminders that life is short and we must march towards our goal all the time. Or at least work in the direction of our goal. Paulo Coelho incorporates the old wisdom into different scenes and includes the burning questions as thoughts that Santiago would have. Also, he addresses them heads on in a way that you could pick up clues as to how that applies to YOU. Which is a very big deal because millions have read this book and resonate with the ideas that it proposes.

It is as much difficult to explain in words how the book is, as it is to explain the meaning of life. But I can tell you this much that you will not regret reading this book. It is easy to read, interesting and will be on your mind all the time.

My Rating: 4 out of 5

Complexity Rating: 3 out of 5

General Pace of the book: 3 out of 5

Life Recommendations: Immense!

Bringing Back Throwback Thursday!

Like anyone else, I did not plan on writing. Poetry happened by chance, and it took it’s own sweet time to blossom. Long after that, I decided my work was average enough to be read by strangers on the Internet. After all, who bothers with how mediocre or infantile it is.(I make attempts to be funny with my writing, but I seldom succeed.) But that was before. On WordPress, all I got was love from the bloggers around me.

Throwback Thursday is not a new trend. In fact, Throwback Thursday or #TBT was entered in the Urban Dictionary 2003. Up to date with my trends, aren’t I? I digress. I will kickstart this new tradition on my blog with some of my old stuff. Ancient poetry, articles I wrote when I was a teenager and stuff I scribbled on parchments I never got to conclude.

This photo is a poem I wrote way back in 2006. I was probably in 5th grade. It is called ‘In the Garden of Eden’. For a beginner, the rhyme scheme was by the book! The idea was simple imagery. I would like to think it worked because the topic was Utopian. Or was it? This poem impressed my teacher and my family. It even impressed me, because I didn’t know I could do this. I didn’t believe I could string two words together in symmetry, make poetry. It was elegant, or so I thought. It was a humble beginning. Ah, the nostalgia of the days gone by. Throwback goals achieved!

I still have a lot to learn but I am glad I started somewhere. This was Throwback Thursday, Articulo Uno. I hereby bare my childish words, for your amusement! If you were tickled by it, I will make it a regular thing.

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A throwback to old times and good memories!

Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Have a Blog

Last night, I had a very weird thought strike me- what would I be without my blog? How would my life be different today? How would I express myself?

These questions were different from the food-related ones that normally float around in my mind 😉 I believe that when I started my blog, it was just going to serve as a motivation for me to write more. And that it still does! I set goals for the posting schedule and mostly stick to them which gives a regularity to my writing. And going diverse – poems, write-ups, haiku, creates a beautiful mix I think. So for today’s Top Ten Tuesday, I am listing down all the reasons why you should have your own blog.

Almost all of the people reading right now would already have a blog, probably more accomplished than mine. But you can find out why I write for my blog. Also, this can be directed towards new writers. Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Have a Blog”

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